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Figure skating season broadcast schedule

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NBC Sports and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will present wall-to-wall coverage of the Olympic figure skating season.

It starts this week with the first of six Grand Prix series events in Moscow leading up to the Grand Prix Final in December.

It will also include the U.S. Championships and European Championships in January, run through the Olympics and include the world championships in March.

In all, it will include more than 200 hours of live and recap coverage on NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, plus Olympic coverage.

Coverage will stream on NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app. Olympic Channel coverage will also stream on Olympicchannel.com and the Olympic Channel app.

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Grand Prix Capsules: Men | Women | Pairs | Ice Dance | TV Schedule

Date ISU Grand Prix Series Time (ET) Network
Oct. 20 Rostelecom Cup: Men’s Short 7-9 a.m. Olympic Channel
Rostelecom Cup: Short Dance 9-11 a.m. Olympic Channel
Rostelecom Cup: Pairs, Women’s Short 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Olympic Channel
Oct. 21 Rostelecom Cup: Men’s Free 6:30-8:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Rostelecom Cup: Free Dance 9-10:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Rostelecom Cup: Pairs Free 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Olympic Channel
Rostelecom Cup: Women’s Free 12:30-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Oct. 22 Rostelecom Cup: Highlights 12-2 p.m. NBC
Oct. 27 Skate Canada: Women’s Short 3-4:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate Canada: Short Dance 5-6:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate Canada: Men’s Short 8-9:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate Canada: Pairs Short 10-11 p.m. Olympic Channel
Oct. 28 Skate Canada: Women’s Free 1-3 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate Canada: Free Dance 3-5 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate Canada: Men’s Free, Pairs Free 7-10:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Oct. 29 Skate Canada: Highlights 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. NBCSN
Nov. 3 Cup of China: Short Programs 3:30-10:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 4 Cup of China: Free Skates 2:30-8:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Cup of China: Pairs Free 9-10:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 5 Cup of China: Highlights 4:30-6 p.m. NBC
Nov. 10 NHK Trophy: Pairs Short 12:30-1:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Women’s Short 2-3:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Men’s Short 5-7 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Short Dance 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 11 NHK Trophy: Pairs Free 12:30-2 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Women’s Free 3-5 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Men’s Free 5:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
NHK Trophy: Highlights 1:30-3 p.m. NBC
NHK Trophy: Free Dance 9:30-11 p.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 17 France: Women’s Short 9-10:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
France: Dance, Pairs, Men’s Shorts 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 18 France: Women’s Free 7-9 a.m. Olympic Channel
France: Free Dance 9:30-11 a.m. Olympic Channel
France: Pairs Free 1-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
France: Men’s Free 3-5 p.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 19 France: Highlights 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m. NBCSN
Nov. 24 Skate America: Pairs Short 6-7:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate America: Men’s Short 8-9:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Nov. 25 Skate America: Pairs Free 2-3:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate America: Men’s Free 4-6 p.m. NBC
Skate America: Short Dance 7:30-9 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate America: Women’s Free 9-11 p.m. NBCSN
Nov. 26 Skate America: Free Dance 2-3:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Skate America: Women’s Free 4-6 p.m. NBC
Dec. 7 Grand Prix Final: Short Programs 4:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Dec. 8 Grand Prix Final: Women’s Short 5-6 a.m. Olympic Channel
Grand Prix Final: Men’s Free 6-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Dec. 9 Grand Prix Final: Pairs Free 2:30-3:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Grand Prix Final: Free Dance 4-5 a.m. Olympic Channel
Grand Prix Final: Women’s Free 5:30-6:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Dec. 10 Grand Prix Final: Highlights 4-6 p.m. NBC
Date U.S. Championships – San Jose Time (ET) Network
Jan. 3 Women’s Short 11 p.m.-1 a.m. NBCSN
Jan. 4 Pairs Short 4-6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Men’s Short 8:30 p.m.-12 a.m. NBCSN
Jan. 5 Short Dance 4-6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Women’s Free 8-11 p.m. NBC
Jan. 6 Pairs Free 4-6 p.m. NBC
Men’s Free 8-11 p.m. NBC
Jan. 7 Free Dance 3-6 p.m. NBC
Date ISU Championships Time (ET) Network
Jan. 17 European Champs: Men’s Short 7-9 a.m. Olympic Channel
European Champs: Pairs Short 12-2 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 18 European Champs: Women’s Short 7:30-9:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
European Champs: Pairs Free 12-2 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 19 European Champs: Short Dance 7-8:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
European Champs: Men’s Free 12-2 p.m. NBCSN
Jan. 20 European Champs: Free Dance 7-9 a.m. Olympic Channel
European Champs: Women’s Free 12:30-2:30 p.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 21 European Champs: Highlights 3-5 p.m. NBC
Jan. 23 Four Continents: Short Dance 9-11 p.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 24 Four Continents: Pairs Short 12-2 a.m. Olympic Channel
Four Continents: Women’s Short 5:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 25 Four Continents: Free Dance 12-2 a.m. Olympic Channel
Four Continents: Men’s Short 5:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 26 Four Continents: Pairs Free 12-2 a.m. Olympic Channel
Four Continents: Women’s Free 5:30-7:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Jan. 27 Four Continents: Men’s Free 1:30-3:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
Four Continents: Highlights 2:30-4:30 p.m. NBC
March 21 World Champs: Women’s Short 6 a.m.-12 p.m. Olympic Channel
World Champs: Pairs Short 2-6 p.m. Olympic Channel
March 22 World Champs: Men’s Short 5-10 a.m. Olympic Channel
World Champs: Pairs Free 3-5 p.m. NBCSN
March 23 World Champs: Short Dance 6-11:30 a.m. Olympic Channel
World Champs: Women’s Free 3:30-5:30 p.m. NBCSN
March 24 World Champs: Men’s Free 5-9 a.m. Olympic Channel
World Champs: Free Dance 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Olympic Channel
March 25 World Champs: Exhibition 8:30-11 a.m. Olympic Channel

Erin Hamlin nears end of historic U.S. luge career

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Erin Hamlin is looking forward to normalcy. She is getting married next summer in her hometown. She is thinking about career moves. She is trying to figure out the rest of her life.

It is probably her last luge season. It is definitely her last Olympic season.

As such, it would be easy to fall into the trap of saying that winning a gold medal at PyeongChang in February would be the only thing that makes this season a success.

It’s important, sure, but Hamlin is entering her 13th year of World Cup racing with a much broader view and insisting that she’s going to enjoy whatever time she has left on her sled.

“I’m not going to hyperfocus myself on one result or bust,” Hamlin said. “Very likely, it’s going to be my last time in a lot of places, sliding on a lot of tracks. So I think more so, it’s going to be a lot of soaking it all in.”

That process starts Saturday, when the World Cup season opens in Igls, Austria.

Hamlin, who turns 31 on Sunday, is coming off the finest year of her career — she won a gold medal and two silvers at the world championships for the biggest haul ever by an American luger, got two World Cup wins and finished fourth in world rankings.

She might be going out, and there’s a chance she can go out on top.

“We’re working hard to convince her to stay,” longtime U.S. teammate Emily Sweeney said.

Sweeney knows that’s probably futile.

Sliders always tend to cycle out after an Olympics, no matter if it’s bobsled, skeleton or luge, and the Americans will see plenty of veterans take their last rides this winter.

A few U.S. sliders already retired this fall, in part because they weren’t going to have a shot at an Olympic berth.

For her part, Hamlin hasn’t officially said this is the end.

“There’s never really as concrete of a plan as you hope there would be, because you never know what can happen,” Hamlin said. “But at the moment, what I’m excited to do is see what other opportunities are there and what other adventures await.”

Hamlin has been in the world’s top 10 in each of the past 11 seasons — the second-longest current streak of any woman in luge, one year behind German legend Tatjana Huefner.

She won a World Cup each of the past three years, took the world title in sprint last winter and became the first U.S. Olympic singles luge medalist in 2014 with a bronze.

A lesson learned that season: Not expecting much can work wonders. That’s one of the reasons why PyeongChang isn’t taking up all the bandwidth in her brain.

“That’s the nature of winter sports in a Winter Olympic year, there being so much focus on the Games,” Hamlin said. “How I went into the last Olympics taught me a lot. I had no expectation of walking away from the last Olympics with a medal. At this point, goal No. 1 is to make the team and beyond that, I know if I slide as I’m capable of I can be pretty fast and I can do well.”

The schedule this season is hectic.

This weekend’s stop in Austria starts a run of five races in five weekends, with the next two in Germany followed by another in Calgary, Alberta, and then on home ice in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Dec. 15-16.

When that Lake Placid World Cup is over, the U.S. Olympic team will be named.

So when Hamlin needs an escape from all that, the wedding is there to bring her back to reality.

It will be at her parents’ home in July. It will, without question, be the social event of the season in Remsen, N.Y., where the one-time high school soccer player has annually left her tiny hometown brimming with pride.

“Pretty exciting,” Hamlin said. “It’s definitely adding a whole new aspect to an Olympic year, planning a wedding, but it’s cool. It gives me a good distraction when I need to think about something other than sliding.”

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Kaetlyn Osmond leads Grand Prix France as co-favorite falls (video)

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Canadian Kaetlyn Osmond topped the Grand Prix France short program, moving closer to another Grand Prix Final berth on Friday.

The world silver medalist was flawed — performing a triple-double combination rather than a triple-triple and putting a hand down on another jump landing.

She goes into Saturday’s free skate with a 1.26-point lead over Russian Maria Sotskova. Japan’s Yuna Shiraiwa is third, while the lone American Polina Edmunds is ninth.

Co-favorite Alina Zagitova of Russia fell and dropped to fifth place in Grenoble.

In the short dance, France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron improved on their personal best with 81.40 points, the third-highest all-time in an eight-year-old system.

The event continues later Friday with the pairs short and men’s short, all live on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA.

GP FRANCE: Full Results | TV Schedule

Osmond, 21, was a revelation last season, winning her first Grand Prix medals in four years, making her first Grand Prix Final and finishing second to dominant Russian Yevgenia Medvedeva at worlds.

She’s continued that this fall, winning her first two events in Canada to solidify Olympic medal favorite status. One Canadian woman has won an individual Olympic medal in the last 25 years — Joannie Rochette‘s emotional bronze in 2010.

Zagitova, the 15-year-old world junior champion, fell on her opening triple Lutz. Zagitova won her Grand Prix debut in China two weeks ago and ranks second to training partner Medvedeva in top scores this season.

Medvedeva, Zagitova and Sotskova are the favorites to claim Russia’s three Olympic women’s spots. Sotskova, 17, made the podium in all three of her Grand Prix starts but was a disappointing eighth at last season’s worlds.

Edmunds tallied 56.31 points Friday, stepping out of the landing of her opening triple-triple jump combination.

Still, she improved on her short program from her earlier event this season, where she scored 49.62 with errors on all of her jumps.

Edmunds, the youngest U.S. Olympic competitor across all sports in Sochi, went 20 months between competitions, missing the entire 2016-17 season due to a bone bruise in her right foot.

She is an underdog to make the three-woman U.S. team for PyeongChang that will be named after nationals in January.

Russian Elizaveta Tuktamysheva continued her string of underwhelming programs since her 2015 World title. She fell on a triple Axel attempt and singled a Lutz, plummeting to last place of 11 skaters.

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Internationaux de France
Women’s Short Program
1. Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN) — 69.05
2. Maria Sotskova (RUS) — 67.79
3. Yuna Shiraiwa (JPN) — 66.05
9. Polina Edmunds (USA) — 56.31

Short Dance
1. Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron (FRA) — 81.40
2. Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) — 73.55
3. Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin (RUS) — 70.02
6. Elliana Pogrebinsky/Alex Benoit (USA) — 60.64